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Former HRD minister feels sex education corrupts kids

Murli Manohar Joshi urges parents to withdraw their children from CBSE schools, where sex education is imparted, reports Chetan Chauhan.
Hindustan Times | By Chetan Chauhan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2007 12:53 AM IST

Former Human Resource Development minister Murli Manohar Joshi on Saturday exhorted parents to withdraw their children from CBSE schools, where sex education was being taught.

He also called for a national campaign to close down CBSE, if the government fails to withdraw its Adolescence Education Programme.

At a rally organised against sex education by the Siksha Bachao Andolan Samiti on Saturday, Joshi said educating children from 5 to 14 years of age about sex was wrong and it was necessary to stop it.

He viewed that sex education will transform student teacher relation into that of a man and a woman. “I think the government wants to import the western culture of sexual relation between student relation to India,” he said.

In this context, he said, parents should meet teachers and principals and tell them: “Agar sex education bandh nahi kiya, to na tum rahoge nahin tumara school (If you don’t stop teaching sex education neither will you remain nor will your school)”.

He said introduction of sex education was what multinationals did to create the desire for sex among teenagers to sell their products. “It is not sex education. It is education to sell condoms,” he alleged.

He cited the recent controversy over India’s HIV/AIDS figures falling from 57 lakh to 27 lakh. “These companies were behind the inflated figures,” he said. All speakers agreed with his point.

Joshi also feared that the HRD ministry’s sex education programme was aimed at breaking India’s family system and its ethos.

“I don’t know what Human Resource Development minister (read Arjun Singh) wants to do to this country. No religion will allow this. Not even Marxist. Only an anarchist can do that,” he alleged. He added that there was no need for a separate curriculum on sex education because “there is enough knowledge on sex and reproductive body functions in Biology taught in schools”.

Finding leaders from religious groups like Jamiat-Islami-Hind and leaders from Church at podium, Joshi called for a national alliance of all religious groups for a campaign to stop introduction of sex education.

“Even in Parliament, I found leaders cutting across political parties objecting to sex education programme,” he said, while asking the samiti to form a national level committee for the campaign.

The samiti has already written to teachers in Delhi stating that teaching sex education can land them in trouble.

The parents can book them for outraging the modesty of a woman or dishonouring a person carrying punishment upto two years, says a letter written by Dina Nath Batra, national convenor of the samiti.

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